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What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is often the best option for many people. It cuts your costs down substantially since you won't have to pay the higher new car fees. At the same time, you can usually find an excellent used car that is next to new for much less money. This is a great way to enjoy the perks of a newer car without the higher costs that come with it. However, to ensure you get the best deal possible (and a great car), you need to know what to ask when buying a used car. You certainly don't want to walk into the dealership unprepared and buy the first one you see. So let's take a look at some questions to ask when buying a used car.


Ask These Questions When Buying A Used Car

You may have additional questions you want to add to the list, but here are our top 5 questions to be sure to ask.



What is the Vehicle's History?

It's always relevant to know the vehicle's history. How many owners did it have? Who was the last owner and why did they get rid of it? A car that has been through a lot of owners may have been for a reason. Maybe it has unresolved issues.


Also, if you have information from the previous owner that would be helpful. For example, papers indicating any repair work completed, tires replaced, oil changes, etc.


Was the Car Ever in an Accident?

While not every accident is detrimental to a car, some accidents have more long-lasting effects than others. That's why it's essential to know if the car was in an accident, and if so, what happened. If front-end damage occurred, you may want to think twice about that car.


Are There Any Warranties Offered With the Car?

Sometimes dealers will offer a limited warranty on a used car. It may cover the engine and transmission for 5,000 miles (ca. 8,047 km). Some warranties may even be more extensive. Furthermore, you may be able to purchase a warranty for a small fee. Either way, it's essential to know if one comes with the car automatically, because that indicates the car is likely trustworthy.


Do You Know of Any Problems With the Car?

This may seem like an obvious question, but many people may fail to ask this question. They may think that any problems will be disclosed. However, if the car is being sold "as is," you are assuming responsibility for whatever you get, That's why it's critical to go ahead and ask the salesperson if they know of anything that might be wrong with the car. You should know about even the small things that are wrong with it so you can make the best decision for you. What is small to one person may be important to another person.


Has the Car Been Inspected?

Many dealers provide an auto inspection on the vehicles they are selling, but you can't assume that. You need to ask them to make sure. If they have performed one, ask to see the results of the inspection. This will give you a better idea about the car's overall health.


Now that you know what questions to ask, check out our used cars at Cars & Trucks Cost Less at Wetaskwin today!

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